Eastern boxing can throw out some bizarre stories and peculiar match ups. We may have to go some way to beat the peculiarity of a bout set for February 11th in China between former WBC Minimumweighjt champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌].
The bout, which was announced earlier this month, is an oddity in that pits "proper" professional fighters against someone from the very inclusive APB (Aiba Professional Boxing) system.
Interestingly the bout is one of two, that we know of, that will feature the collision of professional styles with the other being a bout between Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) [王興華] and Jiawei Zhang [張家瑋], though this one has less intrigue than the other due to Zhong's status as a former champion.
The show will be the first of two New Year Cards that Zovi boxing, in association with CCTV, will be showing. The reports from last year was that the show had viewing figures of more than 100,000,000 and they are expecting even higher figures for the shows this year, on February 11th and 12th. With the Zhong Vs Bin fight on the 11th to be the main event of the first card, whilst Qiu Xiao Jun's (19-2, 9) [裘晓君] bout with Raymond Commey (13-2, 7) is the main event of the second show, on February 12th.
What isn't clear is if the bouts will be fought under the rules of the APB the general rules of professional boxing or as an exhibition, and whether the bouts will count towards the records of either man.
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